Do you ever feel scatterbrained? That’s how I’ve felt a lot lately, and I feel like this blog post is rather scatterbrained, too. But hopefully it will help give you an idea of what I’ve been up to lately.
Looking to the future with My People
As I said in a recent post, it’s hard to know what the future holds, especially here in Burkina Faso. But let me give you an update on our trips to our People Group and where we’re hoping to go from here. It has been harder to take trips out there lately since it is rainy season. That means that the roads (except for the one paved one) are in worse condition and there are times when some of them aren’t even passable. It also means that people are very busy working in their fields and don’t have as much time to go with us to different villages or to receive a visit from us.
However, we were still able to visit some villages, and there is only a handful left that we have left to visit. After we’ve visited them all, it will be time for major prayer to ask God which one He would have us move into. Leadership will be coming out around the 20th of September to help us with the next steps, and that may be narrowing down the list into just a few or even picking one. Again, it’s something in the future so I don’t know exactly what’s going happen, but I think that it may possibly be something like that. 🙂 You can help out by starting already (if you haven’t already) to pray that God would make it very clear where He’d like us to move to.
Multiplication in the meantime
In the meantime, while we can’t visit villages as much, I decided to work on multiplying my efforts. You see, I’ve had training in learning languages, but many other missionaries haven’t had as much training as I have. So last week and this week I’m training 3 Burkinabé missionaries in how to learn a new language. The goal is that this will help them as they also work on reaching out to unreached people here in Burkina Faso. It’s fun to see them understand through our teaching time and also through our “practicum” – learning English. After only about 10 hours of English study, they can now easily respond to commands like “Put the milk and the tea in the red cup and give it to the 4 cows.” And yes, I admit, I find pleasure in making them do silly things like that.
Do any of you have those moments where it’s still hard to believe that what you’re doing is in real life and not a school project? That you’re actually doing something on par with what the “important” people do? I had a moment like that the other day when I went to Joshua Project’s website. Joshua Project is an amazing source for Christians on people groups from around the world. But if you go to Joshua Project’s website now, you’ll find information there that wasn’t there a few months ago, and that’s because I sent it to them! It’s information that we learned on our PGA trip in November, and it still feels pretty cool to have it available on the net for others to learn from and be challenged by! Click here to read some of the information and see the picture I sent them. (And, just in case you were curious, in the picture of that lady in white, I was sitting right next to her when the picture was taken, but I cropped myself out to send it to Joshua Project.) (Sorry if this is bragging, but I’m pretty excited about it and thought that you might be, too.)